What is gown?

  • (noun): Outerwear consisting of a long flowing garment used for official or ceremonial occasions.
    Synonyms: robe
    See also — Additional definitions below

Gown

A gown, from medieval Latin gunna, is a usually loose outer garment from knee- to full-length worn by men and women in Europe from the early Middle Ages to the 17th century, and continuing today in certain professions; later, gown was applied to any full-length woman's garment consisting of a bodice and attached skirt. A long, loosely-fitted gown called a Banyan was worn by men in the 18th century as an informal coat.

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Formal Gown
... In women's fashion, gown was used in English for any one-piece garment, but more often through the 18th century for an overgarment worn with a petticoat – called in French a robe ... Compare this to the short gowns or bedgowns of the later 18th century ... garment, and the most often English word for a woman's skirted garment was "gown" ...
Star Fairies
... Moonlight Lilac Ball Gown Pink Clouds Night Gown Golden Glow Evening Gown. ...
Sack-back Gown
... The sack-back gown or robe à la française was a women's fashion of the 18th century ... At the beginning of the century, the sack-back gown was a very informal style of dress ... By the 1770s the sack-back gown was second only to court dress in its formality ...
Academic Dress Of The University Of Leeds - Academic Dress of The University
... Academic Undress A black gown ... Diplomas, Certificates and Foundation Degree) black Bachelor's gown with appropriate hood ... Bachelors black Bachelor's gown with appropriate hood ...
Sack-back Gown - Galleries - 18th Century
... Early example of a sack-back gown La Déclaration d'amour, 1731, by Jean François de Troy ... Front and back views of women in sack-back gowns Robe à la française, Netherlands, silk satin brocaded with silk and metallic threads, 1740-60 ... The sitter is wearing a bergère hat and a brocaded silk sack-back gown Anastasia Ivanovna, Countess of Hesse-Homburg, Princess Trubetskaya (1700–1755), painted by Alexander Roslin, wearing a pink silk sack-back ...

More definitions of "gown":

  • (verb): Dress in a gown.
  • (noun): Protective garment worn by surgeons during operations.
    Synonyms: surgical gown, scrubs
  • (noun): Long, usually formal, woman's dress.

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    Elizabeth I (1533–1603)

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